Best monitor/hub for MacBook in UK?

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  1. schmidt65 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I know there is another thread on this subject, but it only seems to show suitable items in the US. I can't find any for sale in the UK.

    I'm after the best monitor and USB hub solution for my MacBook which will also charge the MacBook. Ideally 4K, but at least something above HD. No more than £400 if possible.

    Want to be able to dock the MacBook and use the bigger screen when working with multiple spreadsheets, etc.

    FYI I have the 2016 M5 MacBook

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    only option right now is the LG 27UD88
     
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Why not look at a dock? You connect your monitor, hardrives etc to it, then just one cable to connect your MacBook.
     
  4. schmidt65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Would this allow 4K at 60hz though (with the hack)? What docks are suitable?
     
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  6. schmidt65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone tried the Dell U2715H screen with the 2016 MacBook? If I ran the 4K 60hz hack and connected this monitor via the official Apple USB-C adaptor through HDMi does anyone know if it'll work?
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That will only work at 30Hz due to HDMI limitations. You need DisplayPort for 4K@60Hz. Something like Hub+ or HydraDock should work since their have Mini DisplayPorts, but since they are not shipping yet nobody knows for sure at the moment.

    If you want something that is guaranteed to work and ships today, your only options are 3440x1440 or 2560x1440 display, or a USB-C to DP adapter (no charging, though).
     
  8. schmidt65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your reply. The dell I listed above has a resolution of 2560x1440 (quoted at 60hz), so if I run that through the HDMI port on the official apple Usb-c adaptors will it work at 60hz?

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dell-u2715h?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

    How decent will that resolution screen look compared to the Retina display? Currently I have the MacBook plugged into a 23" 1080p display and it's pretty poor quality (very blocky!)

    Thanks for your help.
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Oh, my bad. Based on your first post I assumed that was the 4K 27" Dell display i.e. P2715Q. Anyway, that display will work fine with the Apple USB-C AV adapter.

    As for the resolution, it won't be as good as a retina display since the PPI is lower. 23" 1920x1080 is 96 PPI, whereas 27" 2560x1440 is 109 PPI, so it's a little better but far from the MacBook's PPI of 226.
     
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Don't forget to factor in the typical viewing distance though. Most people forget that when comparing PPI of a 15" laptop compared to a 27" desktop monitor. image.gif

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  11. lite426, Jul 11, 2016
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